May 10 - Yeah, it's really almost 3:00PM on the 11th as I type this. I'm not only a day behind myself, I'm now losing an hour or two more each day! Now, with just a few minutes left before I have to go to my dread "real" job, I wanted to try to get to the topic at hand for this month, namely Star Wars comic books. Let me take you back to the last few days of the 1977 school year. Somewhere in those golden days, I, a spastic eleven-year-old nerdling, was eating at a local deli-style restaurant, The Gingerbread House. The establishment was little more than a typical school lunchroom, complete with serving ladies wearing hairnets and community-style seating. Undoubtedly, we had just come from church, happy to have our Methodist services end about fifteen minutes before those of the two larger Catholic churches in town (no lines, ample seating). As we settled down to munch our mashed potatoes and fried chicken, I noticed that a stranger, sitting across from us, was reading People magazine...but not just any People magazine. It was the issue that first featured a sneak-peak of the yet to be released Star Wars! Even from across the room, the full-cover photo, of what looked like a rusty gold robot standing on a sand-dune beneath a robin's-egg-blue sky, instantly changed me. Although I didn't know it at the time, I had just become a lifelong Star Wars fan. I pointed out the cover to my Mom, and begged her to purchase the mag from the stranger. Compromising, she eventually did buy my own copy from a newsstand. Over the course of the following Summer, year, decade, and, indeed, thirty years since, I have gone to the "newsstand" many, many times to quench my Star Wars addiction. Tomorrow (or...tonight...or whatever), time willing, I will pick the story up from there. Until then, here's your Star Wars Comic Book Character of The Day - Lando Calrissian!
May 9 - I don't know why I am insisting upon labeling this as the "May 9" entry, since it is nearly 2:00PM on the 10th as I type it. Ever since a recent string of early AM gigs at high school Post-Prom events, my clock has been off. And why can't I ever feel like I've gained a day, rather than having lost one? Whatever. Now, as I have about twenty minutes to myself, I have a lot to tell to you, but very little time to type it (especially in light of my dangerously slow "Hunt And Peck" typing method, which I call "H.A.P. Hazard"). Basically, The WOMP Staff and I have been going on several very interesting, and rewarding, hikes. That's been great, and I want to share those adventures with you...later. Also, I have yet to delve into any of the Star Wars comics, subject of this month's "...Of The Day" feature, but I will...later. I received a generously free comic (in honor of my new mortal enemy, Free Comic Book Day) from O.F.O.WOMP Brian Payne. It is utterly amazing, and has made me realize that I have to write a review of it...later. And I have just been made aware that another of my personal comics heroes, the incomparable Marshall Rogers, passed away back in March. Mr. Rogers was among the most influential artists of my youth, as well as to most of my Kubert School classmates and other such peers. I will, I must, write about my feelings about Marshall Rogers and his legacy...later. Basically, it seems as though I am living a life of "later," and it is starting to worry me. So seldom do I live in "now" that I've forgotten that I'm supposed to. I have spent the vast majority of my 116 years on Earth concentrating on "later," perhaps to my detriment. I suppose we all do, to varying degrees. I guess that's how it goes. Speaking of which, I have to get out of here for now, leaving just enough time to post your Star Wars Comic Book Character of The Day - Vilmarh "Villie" Grahrk!
May 8 - Well, it's actually almost noon on May 9th as I type this "May 8" entry, so forgive me if it's a little more loopy than usual. I did get about an hour and a half of sleep, but, otherwise, I have been busy drawing...well, stuff. Once again, I must not reveal too much of what I am working on because of the secrecy of it (which, by the way, is a sure sign that the projects are for business or personal use, not publication...if this stuff were to be published, I'd be blogging about every step, just for the extra advertisement). Anyhoo, I did want to mention that my latest rant, about Free Comic Book Day, has struck a nerve with some of you WOMP-Blog readers. Two of you even took the time to write! Newly minted O.F.O.WOMP Vickie McKay asked...
You think comic books are obsolete? You think this is a second Golden Age of comics? Which is it? Unless you think that the best comics are being made while they are becoming obsolete? I really enjoy the Womp Blog, but I think you might be nuts!!!
Vickie; of course I am nuts! That's the result of being an optimistic pessimist. Hmm. And old-school O.F.O.WOMP Brent Frankenhoff, Trail Boss of Comics Buyer's Guide, wrote this...
All right, you can temper my remarks back to you with the little caveat that it was one of our columnists, Joe Field, who suggested the idea in the first place, lo those many years ago.
Free Comic Book Day, in my opinion, really serves two purposes: It's supposed to help draw new or lapsed readers back to comics and it works as a sort of "customer appreciation" day for longtime customers.
Shops that are really into it are already promotionally minded for the most part, while the others tag along and hope for some of the goodwill generated by the stores that go all out to fall on them as well.
If FCBD weren't successful and were viewed as the "last gasp" of a dying industry, do you think there would also be Free Trading Card Day and Free Role-Playing Game Day coming up?
Geez, John, I feel your pain having lived in that neck of the woods all those years with fewer and fewer outlets to get my comics as the years went on, but c'mon. You're not any farther from LaCrosse or Dubuque than I am from Green Bay or Appleton. I would think one of the stores would have been happy to have you in for a signing on FCBD, giving them and you some much needed exposure.
More good points! Thanks Brent! Well, gotta go...here's the Star Wars Comic Book Character of The Day - C-3PO!